Using our manufacturing best practice service to support your certification
19 June 2023
Richard Leathers, Global Quality Lead
Supporting clients through our Manufacturing Best Practice service – ‘a tale of two factories’
Over the years, I have had the pleasure of supporting many fantastic businesses with their projects and quality
To give you an insight into just some of the ways that our clients use our
manufacturing best practice support, I am sharing two very
Whether your business is striving for a new certification, building a new facility, or driving improvements within an existing
operation, we can support you on your road to achieving your goals.
An ambitious new build
This client was ready to prove the concept of their new packaging technology on a larger scale. They wanted support
with this, as well as with the hygiene / quality / compliance elements of taking their new factory from simply ‘four walls’ and a new machine
into a best practice, fully operational plant.
I worked alongside the capable and enthusiastic team to support them in establishing their management systems,
procedures and hygiene practices from scratch, and getting in place the infrastructure and equipment to support these at this new site. The
high standard to which the team quickly achieved all of this was exemplified by the attainment of an AA grade (with only 1 minor
non-conformance) for BRCGS Packaging Materials Issue 6. The support included pre-audits, remote as well as face to face consultation, and
presence during all days of the certification audit.
A note to say ‘thank you very much’ for all of your invaluable support with the excellent BRCGS result for us today. Your insight and
wisdom over the last 6 months were instrumental to the successful outcome. The whole team are rightly filled with a sense of pride at
the achievement and we’ll keep you posted on progress in coming months.
Whilst a new operation provides a fantastic opportunity to shape best practice, as well as benefit from new equipment
and facilities, we have been involved in plenty of accreditations, certifications and other great achievements at much older facilities.
A reliable British institution
Not wanting to rest on their laurels, one of our members involved us in their improvement project for reinvigorating
their quality management systems, achieving a new certification, and ensuring best practice across their well-established facility. Both on
their site and remotely, I worked with the team towards their BRCGS Global Food Safety Standard conformance.
By getting robust measures in place, with particular emphasis on best practice for foreign body control and on
additional controls for an older facility, the site achieved an A grade within just 6 months of initiating the project. The site has retained
their A grade status – a testament both to their continued efforts but also to the initial work being effective and the systems implemented
being fit for purpose.
It’s great to support great businesses
Like with both of these examples, so many of our members and clients have excellent continuous improvement programmes
that we support at various stages and to various extents – we tailor our support to best suit your business and its needs.
Through reviews, auditing and other tailored support, our
Manufacturing Best Practice service helps our clients to:
- Improve efficiency, performance and profitability
- Achieve new certifications and compliance to legislation
- Improve efficiency and reduce product write-off
- Investigate and resolve challenges
- Assure product quality, authenticity and safety (prevent costly recalls / withdrawals)
- Benefit from an independent ‘health check’
The wide range of experience across our expert team allows us to take a holistic approach to identifying opportunities,
and also means that the best fit and most appropriate member of our expert team will be found based on your operation and its needs.
Whether you already know your key challenges, have a clear end goal for a project, or are seeking an independent
perspective to help determine the right focus areas for maximum benefit, our expert team can support in identifying opportunities and
supporting practical solutions.
Richard Leathers joined Campden BRI in September 2011, working in the areas of HACCP and Quality Management Systems.
How can we help with your project?
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